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Building My Work Shop #21: Cryo or PM Turning Tools???

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Blog entry by Crushgroovin posted 1214 days ago 2302 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Fellow turners,

I am shopping for a 1/4” bowl gouge and am trying to choose between a “cryogenic” or a “Powdered Metallurgy” gouge. They are in the same price range and both say they last “up to 3 times longer than HSS”. Do any of you have any experience using the two of them? Is one really any better than the other?

Oh & I am sure there is some sort of crazy controversial issue surrounding these materials and can’t wait to read about it. So please feel free to Rant away about how cryogenic is really alien material or PM is a FDA conspiracy. I love that kind of stuff!!!

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!



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Glen Peterson

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#1 posted 1214 days ago

If I were to buy new turning tools I’d definately buy from Thompson. I juist visited their site and they seem to use powdered metal blanks that are then cryogenically treated.

http://www.thompsonlathetools.com/default.asp

Cheers

-- Glen

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Crushgroovin

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#2 posted 1214 days ago

Thanks for the link Glen!!! I had forgotten about Thompson. Odd thing is, I want a 1/4” Bowl Gouge after watching a Jimmy Clewes video & the company that has a Clewes Signature line doesn’t carry a 1/4” bowl gouge. In the video Clewes raved about the 1/4” bowl gouge and it’s ability to leave a smooth cut without those nasty fine tool marks that are a pain in the butt to get rid of.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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Cliff De Witt

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#3 posted 1214 days ago

the guys at my Woodcraft store recommend the Power Metallurgy tools from Crown.

I got an Ellsworth 1/2” signature bowl gouge and used it for 7 years. I was not paying, proper, attention one evening and the thing snapped in half!. I sent a picture of it in an email to Crown and 10 days later I got a package from them with a new one.

Thompson tools are very nice but Crown’s service has won me over and the tools are no slouches either.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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Crushgroovin

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#4 posted 1214 days ago

I ended up going with the Pinnacle Cryogenic 1/4” Bowl Gouge. It was about 10 bucks less than the Crown PM and it has the fingernail grind I prefer. If I like it I am going to get a 3/8” Crown PM Bowl gouge next month.

I will review it once I give it a test drive.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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SergioC

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#5 posted 1214 days ago

Curiosity question Crushgroovin’- why did you post a link from Woodcraft when you started another topic where you totally blasted them? Did you buy it from them? Score one for the knuckledraggers?

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Crushgroovin

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#6 posted 1214 days ago

That thread is purely there as bait, same as my Sawstop thread. I buy stuff there if Rockler doesn’t carry it, I just don’t ever ask any of their employees questions about the products.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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SergioC

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#7 posted 1214 days ago

Seems like a bit much, but OK.

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